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Jennifer

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  • A Case of Redemption

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By Adam Mitzner
    • Narrated By Kevin T. Collins
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1584)
    Performance
    (1364)
    Story
    (1377)

    A high-profile attorney in the middle of a leave of absence following a personal tragedy is drawn back into the legal arena amidst a media firestorm when he agrees to represent a popular rap artist accused of brutally murdering his pop star girlfriend. With its powerful voice, pause-resisting tension, and strong cast of characters, Adam Mitzner’s novels are reminiscent of such best-selling authors as Scott Turow and John Grisham.

    cristina says: "Excellent"
    "Ug. Formulaic, simplistic, boring writing"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Anything but this book!


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Nothing by this author


    Did Kevin T. Collins do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes. Narrator was very good. Book is dreadful


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from A Case of Redemption?

    The entire book


    Any additional comments?

    No

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • The Old Man and the Sea

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 30 mins)
    • By Ernest Hemingway
    • Narrated By Donald Sutherland
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1481)
    Performance
    (881)
    Story
    (883)

    The Old Man and the Sea is one of Hemingway's most enduring works. Told in language of great simplicity and power, it is the story of an old Cuban fisherman, down on his luck, and his supreme ordeal, a relentless, agonizing battle with a giant marlin far out in the Gulf Stream. Here Hemingway recasts, in strikingly contemporary style, the classic theme of courage in the face of defeat, of personal triumph won from loss.

    Dave says: "Truly a Classic"
    "Classic great story"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Old Man and the Sea the most enjoyable?

    I am just now catching up on the classics. What can I say about this that has already been said? Great read.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The brevity - a powerful message in a short time.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    I like Donal Sutherland the actor, but he has a low, deep, quiet voice and sometimes it was hard to heard his narration even with the volume turned up loud.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the sharks started eating the marlin. Heart just sank.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Storyteller

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 13 mins)
    • By Jodi Picoult
    • Narrated By Mozhan Marno, Jennifer Ikeda, Edoardo Ballerini, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (3356)
    Performance
    (2926)
    Story
    (2940)

    Jodi Picoult's poignant number one New York Times best-selling novels about family and love tackle hot-button issues head on. In The Storyteller, Sage Singer befriends Josef Weber, a beloved Little League coach and retired teacher. But then Josef asks Sage for a favor she never could have imagined - to kill him. After Josef reveals the heinous act he committed, Sage feels he may deserve that fate. But would his death be murder or justice?

    Sue says: "Interesting...different than I thought it would be"
    "Just get to the point already!!!!"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    It wasn't for me because it drug on and on and on and on - the underlying story was a good one but I couldn't get to the end - I was literally skipping chapters, fast forwarding, and I wasn't missing a thing. That's when I knew this book wasn't for me.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jodi Picoult again?

    No; this was an unpleasant experience.


    How could the performance have been better?

    About half the book could be eliminated.


    What character would you cut from The Storyteller?

    Vinka (sp?) and her sister


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Goldfinch

    • UNABRIDGED (32 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Donna Tartt
    • Narrated By David Pittu
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9920)
    Performance
    (9078)
    Story
    (9090)

    The Goldfinch is a haunted odyssey through present-day America and a drama of enthralling force and acuity. It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a 13-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don't know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.

    B.J. says: "A stunning achievement - for author and narrator"
    "I couldn't take any more after the first hour :-("
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    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Nothing. This book is a Pulitzer Prize winner and I just can't imagine how. I listen to books while driving. It literally took 45 minutes of driving for the author to describe exiting an apartment, hailing a cab, and riding in the cab. It was putting me to sleep, thus a safety hazard and I had to delete the book.


    What could Donna Tartt have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Edited about 2/3 of the words out of the story.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I can't blame then narrator. I don't know how he stayed awake reading the text.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sycamore Row

    • UNABRIDGED (20 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By John Grisham
    • Narrated By Michael Beck
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9281)
    Performance
    (8360)
    Story
    (8368)

    Seth Hubbard is a wealthy man dying of lung cancer. He trusts no one. Before he hangs himself from a sycamore tree, Hubbard leaves a new, handwritten, will. It is an act that drags his adult children, his black maid, and Jake into a conflict as riveting and dramatic as the murder trial that made Brigance one of Ford County's most notorious citizens, just three years earlier. The second will raises far more questions than it answers. Why would Hubbard leave nearly all of his fortune to his maid? Had chemotherapy and painkillers affected his ability to think clearly?

    Brock says: "Grisham at his best (again)"
    "Narration is Stellar and makes this book"
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    What made the experience of listening to Sycamore Row the most enjoyable?

    The narration. Best audible book I have ever listened to in that regard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Sycamore Row?

    In a John Grisham novel, so there are so many.


    Which character – as performed by Michael Beck – was your favorite?

    Lucian Wilbanks


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Year of Magical Thinking

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Joan Didion
    • Narrated By Barbara Caruso
    Overall
    (1329)
    Performance
    (452)
    Story
    (456)

    "Life changes fast....You sit down to dinner and life as you know it ends." These were among the first words Joan Didion wrote in January 2004. Her daughter was lying unconscious in an intensive care unit, a victim of pneumonia and septic shock. Her husband, John Gregory Dunne, was dead. The night before New Year's Eve, while they were sitting down to dinner, he suffered a massive and fatal coronary. The two had lived and worked side by side for nearly 40 years.

    Darwin8u says: "Sharp, sometimes funny, but always clear & precise"
    "Excellent Writing; Barbara Caruso is awesome"
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    Would you listen to The Year of Magical Thinking again? Why?

    Yes. This is my first Joan Didion book, she has such a way with words, and sentences and phrasing - I have never read a writer that writes like she does; almost like listening to music. However, what really made this a treasure was Barbara Caruso's narration. Perfect voice and artistry for this book.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Year of Magical Thinking?

    There was no one moment; as Joan tended to describe the same event over and over again, but with a different twist, different angle, and attitude and approach each time. So you saw the event in the different ways that she did.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Where Joan is at UCLA medical center with her daughter - her questioning of the doctors, her detailed research and her thoughts about the same - and later when she wonders what John would have thought during that time.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Story of Dr. Dolittle

    • UNABRIDGED (2 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Hugh Lofting
    • Narrated By David Case
    Overall
    (700)
    Performance
    (602)
    Story
    (611)

    No one loves and understands animals like the eccentric 19th century physician Dr. Dolittle, who masters animal language with the help of Polynesia the parrot. After his human patients desert him, the kind-hearted doctor finds his calling in practicing animal medicine, and his fame spreads far and wide. When a terrible epidemic breaks out among monkeys in Africa, Dr. Dolittle sets out to save them, accompanied by some of his favorite pets.

    Stacey says: "Has racist undertones"
    "Wonderful!!!"
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    What made the experience of listening to The Story of Dr. Dolittle the most enjoyable?

    A great story, superbly written and narrated


    What other book might you compare The Story of Dr. Dolittle to and why?

    Can't thing of any


    Which character – as performed by David Case – was your favorite?

    Gub gub the pig


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Not really


    Any additional comments?

    No

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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